Thursday, October 28, 2021

EuroHockey 2021: England women aiming to put wins and wind in their sails

England Hockey duo Susannah Townsend and Anna Toman recall the 8-0 defeat to Holland in 2019.

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

“Big trees catch a lot of wind,” said Holland’s Lidewij Welten for the soon-to-be 10-time EuroHockey champions at the 2019 tournament.

Welten was speaking after Holland had romped to an 8-0 victory over England, the biggest win in a women’s semi-final and a record defeat for Mark Hager’s side, while the Dutch were finally getting to grips with what they viewed as a below-par start to the tournament.

“It’s a Dutch phrase which means when people know you,” added Welten, “they always have an opinion about you. It’s not always the nicest opinion but that’s okay. That’s the curse of being a big tree but it also has a lot of benefits.”

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